Riverhawks roll past Grizzlies: Ridgeline scores early, beats LHS in budding rivalry
By Taylor Emerson sports writer
Just 10 plays and two minutes in, the Ridgeline football team scored its first touchdown and never looked back.
In the birth of a rivalry, the Riverhawks piled on the points, finishing with a 49-7 drubbing of Logan under the lights at Crimson Field.
âIt is always great to set a tradition,â Riverhawks running back Cody Olsen said. âFor Ridgeline, this is huge. Weâve got to beat Logan, weâve got to be the best in the valley, thatâs something we set out to do and weâve accomplished it in a big way.â
The visitors, fresh off a 31-7 win over the Miners, appeared to be the toast of the region as they scored on seven of their 12 total possessions and finished with a season high in points.
âThis was a fun one,â Ridgeline head coach Christopher Howell said. âOur guys did a fantastic job today. I felt like we had a great game plan coming into the game and our guys did a really great job executing it. We established the run, Payton hit guys right where he needed to, all three phases were excellent.â
Through two quarters of play, Loganâs defense allowed for 345 yards of total offense along with four touchdowns. The leading man for Ridgeline was quarterback Payton Thomas who had 139 yards through the air, 23 on the ground and two scores to his name.
His counterpart, Jonny Parkinson, didnât share the same success. While he did total 143 yards on 18 attempts before the break, the sophomore quarterback was unable to find the end zone on the teamâs two red zone trips.
âThis is heartbreaking,â Parkinson said. âAll the hard work this week, all the preparation, itâs just disappointing to see the result, itâs hard to take.
âI just think our effort wasnât good enough, and I donât think we wanted it enough.â
The lone bright spot for the home team was Nik Shamoâs perfectly read second quarter interception of Thomasâ screen pass. He took it 70 yards the opposite way to put Logan on the board for the first, and only time.
âI was so pumped after that play,â Shamo said. âI wanted to change the momentum of the game, we needed it. To lose to our new valley rivals, especially after they were talking all kinds of crap on us, we wanted to shut them up, but we couldnât.â
After halftime, the Riverhawks tacked on three more touchdowns, had two more takeaways and enacted the mercy rule.
Ridgeline totaled 449 yards on the day, 281 of which came via Cody Pope, Olsen and Levani Damuni. Damuni had two touchdowns, while Olsen had one of his own.
Parkinson and company finished with three interceptions, three sacks allowed and had a lost fumble. Yardage wise, Logan only moved the ball 207 yards, with an overwhelming majority coming from the arm of the signal caller as the team only amounted five yards rushing.
âBottom line, we need to make plays,â Logan head coach Jayson Anderson said. âWe have got to stop shooting ourselves in the foot and start putting our kids in some situations where the can actually win the ballgame. Itâs that simple.â
Defensively, the Riverhawks again turned in a stellar performance. The Ridgeline defense, led by Pope with seven tackles on the night and Benson Hill with two interceptions on Parkinson, has now held three of their last four opponents to a single touchdown.
Logan, still searching for its second region win, will play Park City on Wednesday, while the Riverhawks move on to challenge Ben Lomond at home. Both games are scheduled to kickoff at 7 p.m.